Reviewed: October 22, 2011
Reviewed by: Arend Hart

Publisher
Sony Computer Entertainment

Developer
Media Molecule

Released: September 13, 2011
Genre: Platform
Players: 1-4
Online: 2-4

10
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9
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9.8

Supported Features:

  • 1.5 GB Hard Drive Space
  • DualShock 3
  • HDTV 480p/720p
  • In-Game Dolby Digital / DTS
  • PlayStation Eye
  • PS Move Compatible
  • Headset
  • User Content Sharing

  • It’s not often that we take the time out of our busy schedules to update a review based on a release of downloadable content (DLC) for a year-old game, but when a release comes around that adds a substantial amount of gameplay or substantially changes gameplay, then it is definitely worth a paragraph or two.

    Little Big Planet 2’s recent Move Pack update is just such a release; by adding a PlayStation Move-enabled control scheme that works not only in all of the original Little Big Planet 2 levels, but also in the five additional game levels and seven minigames that tell the Rise of the Cakeling mini-story. But that is only the tip of the iceberg, as the Move Pack also gives Little Big Planet 2’s community of user-creators the ability to design their own Move-enabled levels. And there’s more.

    While we generally shy away from bulleted lists, given the sheer amount of gameplay additions included in the Move Pack, there really is no alternative.

    The Move Pack includes:

    • A new mini-story: The Rise of the Cakeling
    • A new Sackboy power-up: The Brane Crane
    • 3 PlayStation®Move-enabled gadgets: The Movinator, The Move Recorder, The Paint Tool
    • 4 Interactive Music Tracks
    • A new Sound Object containing 32 new sounds
    • 17 new Music Sequencer Instruments
    • A new level background
    • 6 New Costumes
    • 18 Materials
    • 41 Decorations
    • 13 Objects
    • 66 Stickers
    • 39 new LittleBigPlanet Pins
    • 11 brand new PlayStation® Trophies
    The gameplay levels are absolutely fantastic, and the ability to use the Move controller to manipulate objects in the world using the Brane Crane device is a genius application of the Move controller and highlights the level of precision the Move controller has over the Wii’s similar motion remote.

    Community designers will love the three new gadgets – the Movinator allows developers to map Move controls to their levels, the Move Recorder allows developers to “puppeteer” creations for use in their levels, and the Paint Tool allows developers to free-hand paint the backgrounds in their levels. These tools are definitely for the more advanced users, but they do help to make the development process a bit more user-friendly.

    The Move Pack’s obvious appeal is to households that are both Move-equipped and Little Big Planet 2 owners – for those select few folks, the Move Pack is definitely one of the best $10 DLC packs on the market – especially for hardcore community level designers. For everyone else, it all depends.

    Do you have Little Big Planet 2, but no Move? Well, the Move Pack is hardly worth shelling out the $100 required for a Move kit. It’s good – but not that good. Do you have Move, but no Little Big Planet 2? What is wrong with you? At Little Big Planet 2’s current sticker price of $30, you owe it to yourself to run out and pick up a copy today – and while you are at it, download a copy of the Move pack to enjoy Little Big Planet to its fullest.